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CSP Library   HIS 121: World History (Saylor): Background Information - CREDO

A guide to help students of Prof. Saylor's HIS 121: World History class find background information on CREDO Reference, video clips from Films on Demand, and learn how to evaluate websites.

Searching for General Information on Your Topic

Before starting your research, it is important to learn more about your topic. This might include learning more about the historical context surrounding an event, including who was involved and what occurred as a result. CREDO Reference is a great place to start, as it provides a concise, informative, and (most importantly) academic perspective on a wide variety of topics. Check it out:

Below is an example of what you might find when using CREDO Reference. A few things to pay attention to:

  • Note how this article is taken from an encyclopedia, The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
  • The "Mind Map" on the right is a great tool for brainstorming keywords on your topic, like other notable people, events, and groups
  • You can quickly grab the citation for this article by clicking the quotation mark button ( ) near the top of the page

Video Tutorial

Want to see CREDO Reference in action? Check out this video tutorial to learn more about how to find information on your topic, some of the key features of the database, and how to find a quick citation for articles.

Tutorial: Background Research Tips